East Grand Rapids, a liberal bastion in Kent County, is mulling a leaf blower ban to battle “climate change.”
City commissioners brought up the topic Monday and residents addressing the commission opposed the idea 13-to-1, WOOD TV reported.
“I spent a lot of money on a leaf blower and now the city is considering telling me I can’t use it anymore,” said Jim Benedict.
The news station said commissioners “discussed the possibilities of a full ban, regulating hours, a buyback, or an incentive program.”
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94-year-old resident Armon Robinson wondered what he would do if crews — or he himself — would be required to rake leaves, instead of more efficiently blow them.
“I’ve got a sizable yard. Front and backyard, and you’re going to say they have to go and quit. Then I can’t get the leaves up,” Robinson said.
Commissioner John Arendshorst told residents leaf blowers are “as loud as a jet plane,” according to WGVU.
Deputy City Manager Doug Lafave claimed a blower ban is not likely in the “near future,” but that the idea was “worth discussing.”
“This is just a discussion this evening there is no action on any item. Just sort of have the commission have open dialogue and hear from the general public,” he said.
East Grand Rapids wouldn’t be the first city to impose such a ban.
Some Connecticut cities have catered to environmental activists, CT Insider reported earlier this year.
“They’re environmental impact is pretty high,” Sierra Club chapter director Samantha Dynowski said. “They’re emitters, and their emissions are disproportionate to their small size.”
A group called Promoting Enduring Peace has been pushing municipalities to use electric equipment, or leave parks unkempt, “allowing native plants to grow and absorb carbon from the atmosphere.”
Group administrator Stanley Heller lamented “momentum for a change is broadly lacking.”
Watch WOOD TV’s coverage here: